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Monday, 20 June 2016

How I made my 1950's style Eliza M. JOAN dress - . A blog post for

I have recently discovered Eliza M patterns and I cannot enthuse about them  have now started to stock them and if you have not used one yet I do urge you to try one. You will not be disappointed

Eliza M patterns at are on this link. The one I am using is JOAN.

The pattern instructs you to use a Stretch fabric. I had some lightweight Navy Blue suiting with Lycra in my stash so decided to use that. I was being brave because this  is not my usual style of garment!
I washed my fabric first to get rid of the excess dye in it and to shrink it before making up.

The dress is very fitted and I was careful to take my measurements again, I do this every time anyway, and  I carefully chose the correct size to cut out by studying the measurements in the pattern instructions. When people guess at their size without choosing it by measurement  they are surprised when they have fitting problems.commercial pattern sizes are different to ready to wear sizes, you know that to be true, because how many times have you tried to buy a garment and when you try them on you are a different size in each store! Take no chances, go by your actual measurements, not your commercial dress size.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

how to make a MANS TIE for Father's Day

How to  make a Mans tie

When it comes to making gifts for men ties are incredibly simple and even when made up in expensive silks are still a lot cheaper to make than to buy in the shops.
so, for Father's Day or when you have a birthday or Christmas and need a gift for a man make him one of these. I assure you he will be delighted with it and in awe of your talent! 


for our next project we are going to make the mans tie. This is made in a cheaper fabric as a Test or Toille.

I used VOGUE 7104 from Jaycotts

For a first attempt make it up as a toille in a fabric you already have - I used a printed cotton, just to get the feel of it, and then be creative and make it in whatever takes your fancy.
Make sure that you choose a good quality sew in interfacing in  a weight to complement the fabric whilst remaining pliable. I used Vilene Light weight sew- in

You now have your pattern and material,  so here goes. (This bit applies to any project by the way, not just the mans tie.)

Cut out all the pattern pieces and lay them on your fabric taking note of the grain line which will be clearly marked. On this pattern the pieces are cut on the bias. (Ask me to demonstrate if you are not sure)
The next step is to transfer all the pattern markings onto the fabric. Dont skip this step as it makes it easier for you and makes for an accurate fit whatever you are sewing.



This is how,to make a shift dress in 1960s vintage style. This post talks about transferring pattern markings onto your fabric. 

60s style dresses are always in style, and no wonder, they are so easy to wear, look great and suit most ages and sizes. This is a  "How do I do that" post

I have made this dress twice before, but I have a piece of slub silk  which I have kept cutting into to make ties and so on, and now there is only just enough left to make myself a simple shift dress!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

How To make a man's casual Chambray shirt.

This is a Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post. To read the full instructions hop over to on the link here Chambray Shirt. Minerva Crafts Blogger Network
Do look at the blogger networks posts, they are full of fantastic makes from the crafters on the blogger network

As you know I enjoy making shirts. In this post I took a plain  Dark Indigo chambray and made it into something special with the addition of some contrast facings and some hand made piping.
Along the way I am sharing some hints and tips with you so it is well worth visiting the full post on
I hope that the post gives you the confidence to try making a man's shirt and to make it just that little bit different.

Dont forget to view the full post, here's the link again. Man's chambray shirt

Happy sewing

Angela x

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